Women's and Gender Studies

Faculty List
  • H. Dinani, M.A., (Toronto), Ph.D. (Emory), Assistant Professor
  • J. English, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A. Grewal, M.A. (Trent), Ph.D. (Chicago), Assistant Professor
  • C. Guberman, M.E.S. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A. Hachimi, M.A., Ph.D. (Hawaii), Associate Professor
  • N.C. Johnston, M.A., Ph.D. (York, Canada), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • R. Maynard, Ph.D. (Conditional, Toronto), Assistant Professor
  • J. Sharma, M.A. (Delhi), M/Phil. (Delhi), Ph.D. (Cantab), Associate Professor 
  • S. Ye, M.A. (Cincinnati), Ph.D. (Minnesota), Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Advisor Email: wst-undergrad-advisor@utsc.utoronto.ca 

For more information, visit the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies website.

Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough is an interdisciplinary program that explores the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, age, disability, nationality and other relations of power that shape multiple social and cultural differences and inequalities.

The program offers both a rigorous and supportive environment for students to pursue an undergraduate Major/Major (Co-op)/ or Minor Program in Women's and Gender Studies. The programs integrate theory and practice by introducing students to scholarship from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, and challenging them to work for change and equality in their communities and in their daily lives.

Through our innovative learning environments, transformative feminist teaching and curriculum, students will learn to scrutinize structures of power, inequality and injustice. Students will ultimately develop the knowledge, language and tools they need to question conventional assumptions about the world around them.

Topics include women’s roles in society, history, family, religion and politics; women, literature, and language; women, science, and the environment; gender, media, and the arts; gender and work; race, gender, and empire; sexuality and transnationality; violence, LGBT history and activism; histories of Black feminism; gendered Islamophobia. Our program's interdisciplinary focus can be carried into many academic and professional areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as in science and technology. Students acquire skills in critical thinking, creative problem-solving, analytical research, effective writing and communication and community engagement. These skills prepare students for careers in education, research, journalism, arts, social work, activism, government, politics, law, business, administration, policy analysis and equity advocacy.

Guidelines for first-year course selection

Students who intend to complete a Women's and Gender Studies program should first take WSTA01H3 and WSTA03H3 in their first year before proceeding to the upper-level courses.

For updates and detailed information regarding Women's and Gender Studies, please visit the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies website.

Program Combination Restrictions in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Major and Minor programs in Women’s and Gender Studies cannot be combined.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.